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Citation:  Salyers, M.P., Becker, D.R., Drake, R.E.,Torrey, W.C., & Wyzik, P.F. (2004). A ten-year follow-up of a supported employment program. Psychiatric Services, 55 (3), 302-308.
Title:  A ten-year follow-up of a supported employment program
Authors:  Salyers, M.P., Becker, D.R., Drake, R.E.,Torrey, W.C., & Wyzik, P.F.
Year:  2004
Journal/Publication:  Psychiatric Services
Publisher:  American Psychiatric Association
Full text:  https://ps.psychiatryonline.org/doi/pdf/10.1176/appi.ps.55.3.302?co...    |   PDF   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported
Research design:  Case history review

Structured abstract:

Background:  Supported employment is considered to be an evidence-based practice for people with psychiatric disabilities. The rate of competitive employment within supported employment programs is three times higher than those in other programs.
Purpose:  The purpose of the study was to review the outcomes of supported employment 10 years after an initial demonstration project.
Setting:  The setting included two rural rehabilitative day centers in New Hampshire that became Individual Placement and Support model centers.
Study sample:  The sample included 20 participants in the 1990 Lebanon group and 24 participants in the 1992 Claremont group; a total of 36 were in the follow-up study 10 years later.
Intervention:  The intervention was the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment.
Control or comparison condition:  There was no control or comparison condition.
Data collection and analysis:  A seni-strucutred interview was developed, which included open-ended questions. Open-ended questions were transferred into structured ratings.
Findings:  Seventy percent of the participants had had some type of competitive employment. Eighty eight percent (N=17) were employed at the time of the study.
Conclusions:  The study concluded that supported employment is a viable option for people with psychiatric disorders. Further study is needed to determine is self-sufficiency is a realistic goal given that many people don't consider self-sufficiency as a goal to reach when obtaining competitive employment.

Disabilities served:  Chronic mental illness
Interventions:  Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition
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